Monday, 9 January 2012

Time to stop and think!

Now that I am doing this 365 project I am finally getting around to photographing things that I have thought about photographing for ages, one of them being my grandad's fob watch.  I really like the kind of image you see with very soft focus and neutral tones and a shallow dof.  So that is what I tried to create with these. 
 manual mode, ss 1/25, f4/0, exp comp +2/3, ISO 200, focal length 90mm

manual, ss 1/8, f2.8, ISO 200, focal length 90mm, 

manual, ss 1/6, f2.8, exp comp - 2/3, focal length 90mm.  The only alterations to these on the computer have been to crop, and put a watermark on, all shot in raw, using natural daylight through the window.

Now I know these aren't everyone's cup of tea especially this last one, but personally I really like them and I'm very pleased with them.   Camera club members would pull them to bits by saying they are  totally blown out, no focus point, focus is way to soft, not pin sharp - not acceptable therefore not a good photograph.  I do agree with all most of those comments because technically they are true,  but I don't agree that it doesn't make a good photograph.  Surely at the end of the day it is what the author likes and is happy with, everyone's tastes are different and surely there is room for all.  What are your thoughts?


  1. I agree with you Karen, sometimes you need to break the rules and it all down to personal preference. It would be boring if we all liked the same :0)
    My favourite is the top one - I think it is stunning.

  2. I love them, personal preference is more important than what other people have to say. Diane

  3. Well said Jo! I think its all down to what you like and doesn't a creative shot mean you have to break the rules.

    These are fantastic photos Karen, they have a dreamy feel about them x

  4. I love the second one the most, especially the depth of field. I entered a couple of my photos for competition at camera club and the feedback from the judges has always been positive in a constructive way. Judging is such a personal thing yes you can judge the photos technically but it's what catches our eye that makes us decide whether we like a photo or not. At camera club you are allowed to enter a photo up to three times and some of the members have had some very different responses from judges depending on what type of photography they favour gaining anything from a 7/10 to a 10/10. I think your photos are really beautiful.

  5. who needs technical when you can have stunning photos like these xx

  6. I really like this style of photograph. I can't decide on the 1st or 2nd as my favourite - I'd like the 3rd one the best if both hands were visible, but that probably says something about me!!!

    Keep doing more of the same!

  7. Thanks for the comments everyone.

    Tracy, I agree you can get some great feed back from some camera club judges, it is just over the last couple of years I have noticed a "camera club style" that usually wins the comps and it is a brave judge who steps away from the norm lol. I love my camera club (Yvonne knows how true that is :D ) and would recommend anyone to join one, I just get frustrated at times and rebel!
    But it is everyone to their own.

  8. Hi, just found your blog! What I think is kudos to you for photographing what you enjoy in a manner that is pleasing to you. What a treasure that watch is for you, and the photographs are quite appealing!


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